Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, has told Parliament that the GhanaCard is not an E-passport. She stated this on the House floor on Tuesday, June 14, in response to a question from Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu about whether the GhanaCard is an e-passport.
"It isn't," she stated emphatically. It is not, by definition. Our present biometric passport is not replaced by the GhanaCard. The GhanaCard could be used in conjunction with our biometric passport as an optional travel document. It is important to note that the passport, along with the travel certificate, are the only internationally accepted travel documents for Ghanaians.
"At the moment, the GhanaCard cannot be used to travel to other countries, either within or outside of ECOWAS, because that would necessitate bilateral agreements with countries' governments to allow the card to be accepted as a travel document." To achieve this, the Ministry is in active discussions with ECOWAS member nations and our bilateral partners."
The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) declared on February 28 that a valid Ghana Card would be accepted for nationals and dual nationals returning to the country starting today, Tuesday, March 1.
"However, in light of the announcement by the Ghana Immigration Service titled 'Notice to the Public: Use of GhanaCard as a travel document, which was dated 24th of February, Ghanaian and dual national holders of Ghana Card would be able to travel to Ghana using the Ghana Card," Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey told Parliament.
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